Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester United have secured a place in the Europa League quarter finals with a 7-1 aggregate victory over LASK.

They beat the Austrian side 2-1 at Old Trafford last night thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.


Cologne will host the last-eight meeting of United and F-C Copenhagen next Monday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking forward to the mini-tournament

Rangers have it all to do if they’re to join the Red Devils in the quarter-finals.

Steven Gerrard’s team are trailing Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 going into their second leg in Germany.

Wolves are at home against Greek side Olympiakos with their tie level at 1-all.

Manchester City took their spending for the week to 75-million euro last night.

They confirmed the signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for 45-million.

The Dutch defender joins Ferran Torres at the Etihad next season.
David McGoldrick has been named the Republic of Ireland’s senior men’s player of the year.

The Sheffield United striker had been shortlisted alongside his club-mate Enda Stevens and midfielder Glenn Whelan.

While Preston midfielder Alan Browne is the young player of the year.

GOLF

The first golf major of the year, the PGA Championship, gets underway this afternoon.

Rory McIlroy is among the early starters at Harding Park, he’s in a group with world number one Justin Thomas and four-time champion Tiger Woods.

Open Champion Shane Lowry plays alongside three in-a-row chasing Brooks Koepka (pr: Kep-kah) and U-S Open winner Gary Woodland.

And in Ryder cup news
United States captain Steve Stricker will still get six wild cards for golf’s Ryder Cup.

He was initially given the increase because the coronavirus pandemic had forced 11 events on the PGA Tour to be cancelled.

Even though tournaments have now restarted, Stricker will be able to select half his team for the contest at Whistling Straits next year.

RUGBY

Leinster coach Leo Cullen is upbeat about James Ryan’s chances of being fit to face Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals.

The Ireland lock recently had surgery on his shoulder and it was initially feared he’d be sidelined for three months.

Cullen says Ryan’s recovery is going well and that he should be available to play in mid-September.

SNOOKER

World number 15 Barry Hawkins is through to round two of Snooker’s World Championship after beating debutant Alexander Ursenbacher 10-2 at the Crucible yesterday.

John Higgins is five frames to three down in his second round match with Kurt Maflin.

Mark Williams holds a 5-3 lead going into today’s action – as he takes on fellow former champion Stuart Bingham.

Defending champion Judd Trump is back at the table later – he takes on China’s Yan Bingtao.

RACING

There’s an eight-race card at Leopardstown this afternoon.

The first goes to post at 1pm.